Next Generation Acura NSX Technical Details Revealed

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

New Technical Details of the Next Generation Acura NSX Revealed at SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition

Apr 23, 2015 – DETROIT

  • New information disclosed on innovative powertrain, body and manufacturing technologies further solidifies the NSX’s position as a world-class supercar
  • NSX legacy of innovative, lightweight body design for high performance is advanced with world’s first automotive application of ablation casting
  • Total airflow management design strategy employed to achieve world-class supercar performance

In advance of the market launch of the highly anticipated next generation Acura NSX, the engineers leading the supercar’s development shared new technical details and design strategies with the automotive engineering community at the April 22nd SAE Detroit Section dinner, held in conjunction with the SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition. Additional information about the team’s efforts to achieve a true “New Sports Experience” included details of the NSX’s world’s first body construction process that helped create a multi-material space frame resulting in class-leading body rigidity, the advanced total airflow management system and an update on NSX’s power unit specifications.

Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX, introduced key powertrain, body and dynamic performance engineers who shared new product and technical details in their related areas of the development. The unprecedented sharing of technical details prior to the car’s market introduction reflects the desire of the NSX development team and the company to inspire the imagination of automotive and technology enthusiasts along with the next generation of engineers.

“Our goal is to create something altogether new and exciting, something that advances the concept of a next generation supercar in the spirit of the original NSX,” said Klaus. “In order to provide NSX-level value, we needed to push ourselves to experiment with, refine and then realize many new technologies.”

Significant technical revelations concerning the NSX included:

  • The NSX includes Acura’s first use of a revolutionary multi-material space frame design that delivers class-leading body rigidity while remaining lightweight.
  • World’s first automotive application of new ablation casting1 technology resulting in world-class body rigidity for ultimate handling and control.
  • World’s first use of a three-dimensionally formed, ultra-high-strength steel A-pillar, supporting class-leading rigidity and crash performance while providing outstanding outward visibility.
  • The NSX achieves top-in-class aerodynamics targets without the use of active aerodynamic elements, while its three-motor Sport Hybrid power unit is cooled through 10 heat exchangers all thanks to a total airflow management strategy that maximizes the flow of air around and through NSX.
  • Displacement of the NSX’s all-new twin turbo V-6 engine was confirmed to be 3.5-liters.
  • The NSX will mark the introduction of the most capable and highest torque capacity Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system in Acura history.
  • The latest proprietary logic advances Acura’s two decades-long pursuit of Super Handling that proactively responds to driver inputs, allowing the NSX to achieve a new level of line trace while at the same time intelligently supporting the driver in changing environments.

Additional details on each of these engineering achievements follow:

Multi-Material Body

Acura’s First Application of a Multi-Material Body with Space Frame Construction
Developing the Most Rigid-in-Class, Multi-Material Body

At the core of the NSX mission to deliver timeless sports car values is an aluminum-intensive, multi-material space frame. This innovative space frame represents a next-generation leap in body design with class-leading technology that is exclusive to Acura within the automotive market. Based on internal data, the all-new Acura NSX multi-material body is by far the most rigid in its competitive set.

While the all-aluminum monocoque body of the original NSX was ahead of its time, current aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel-intensive body architecture has been taken to the limit for supercar design.

“For this new NSX development, anything and everything that could offer incredible base rigidity and lightweight design was on the table,” said Shawn Tarr, principal engineer and Acura NSX body development leader. “We considered all-aluminum unibody, carbon fiber monocoque and space frame designs and ultimately engineered a multi-material space frame because it offers the lowest weight and best rigidity, precision and hybrid powertrain packaging capability of any design.”

A key advancement in casting technology allowed the NSX development team to realize a quantum leap in body design, for the first time being able to engineer a vehicle with castings in key locations for rigidity, that also support the ductility necessary for placement within crush zones.

World’s First Application of Ablation Casting
The Acura NSX heralds the world’s first application of ablation casting technology in the automotive industry. Ablation casting combines traditional casting methods with rapid cooling techniques to offer the design flexibility and rigidity of casting with the ductility and energy absorption characteristics of extruded material.

Traditional castings provide the ultimate rigidity in space frame and other body designs, but have traditionally suffered a major drawback: traditional castings are brittle. With the no-compromise performance goals of the NSX, a groundbreaking new casting method within the crush zones had to be used.

  • The ablation process allows the ultra-rigid castings to be located within the crush zones and to function as large aluminum nodes, or junction points. Aluminum extrusions are then inserted into sockets in the ablation cast nodes, which act as fixtures that hold the space frame in place during welding.
  • During the welding process, shorter stitch welds can be applied, enhancing the exceptional, repeatable precision of the NSX space frame construction by reducing heat deformation during the production process.
  • Ablation castings also enable traditional aluminum castings to be used at strategic locations in the space frame and as the primary mounting points for suspension and power unit components, in addition to being the reference and temporary attachment points during the highly accurate space frame construction process.
  • Full space frame construction and vehicle assembly are conducted on-site at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, OH, providing a high level of quality control.

New A-Pillar Construction Technique
In addition to the world’s first casting technology, the NSX applies an all-new three-dimensionally formed ultra-high-strength steel A-pillar that provides next-generation rigidity and precise shape specification tolerances.

The previous generation NSX had a thin A-pillar that provided very good outward visibility. Reflecting this heritage with modern rigidity and roof crush performance requirements demanded this new, ultra-high-strength production method.

Advanced Materials Strategy
NSX represents an advanced expression of modern body design theory: the strategic integration of multiple materials to achieve optimal body performance for numerous targets, including rigidity, dynamic response, superior fit-and-finish and occupant protection.

  • The aluminum-intensive space frame is complimented with precisely crafted ultra-high-strength steel and anchored with a carbon fiber floor together producing body performance at its peak.
  • For the new NSX, the body design and technologies are about more than just raw performance – a goal of any supercar development.  In keeping with the human-centered supercar concept, the NSX development team went further, to optimize how the car’s performance capabilities are experienced by the driver through the body.
  • Drivers will experience all of the on-the-rails handling provided by the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit because it is communicated in high-fidelity through the most rigid body in its class.

Total Airflow Management
Engineering a Next Generation Thermal and Aerodynamic Package via Total Airflow Management

To meet the challenge of the ambitious performance targets, radical packaging design and exotic styling for the next generation Acura NSX, the development team had to totally re-imagine the thermal and aerodynamic engineering for this modern supercar so that maximum energy is extracted from the flow of air around and through the NSX with the highest efficiency.

This new total airflow management strategy supports component cooling, aerodynamic performance (drag and downforce) at a very high level without the use of active aero technology, while also contributing to even more dynamic styling.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used extensively during development to allow the U.S.-based development team to maximize the performance of a power unit being developed in Japan. CFD models were run on computers totaling many years’ worth of computational uptime.

Thermal CFD was effectively used in two ways during development: first, for the proof-of-concept in establishing heat management strategy at the earliest development stage and second, for continuous thermal performance improvement as the vehicle matured through development. Extensive involvement of thermal CFD with design engineers during the development enabled maximum design optimization.

Along with the use of advanced CFD, wind tunnel and real world testing, the development team also employed computerized lap-time simulation models of some of the world’s most legendary proving grounds that could then be run on chassis-dynamometers allowing testing and validation of computer models for thermal management.

  • The all-new NSX employs 10 air-cooled heat exchangers responsible for cooling the front twin-motor unit (TMU), twin-turbo V6 engine, rear direct-drive electric motor and 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT).
  • The all new, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine at the heart of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit requires the greatest cooling and receives it through three radiators: one center and two side units to get maximum airflow volume and efficiency. The center radiator is tilted forward 25-degress, allowing the largest, optimized configuration that best utilizes the inherent pressure gradient while maintaining the strict low center of gravity targets of the NSX’s Advance Sports Package.
  • Condenser and power drive unit (PDU) coolers are efficiently packaged in front of the center engine radiator.
  • The TMU is cooled passively through strategic use of air in the front motor room and by a heat exchanger mounted in front of the right engine sub-radiator.
  • The 9-speed DCT is cooled by two heat exchangers, one mounted in front of the left engine sub-radiator and the other in the engine compartment.
  • Twin-intercoolers located in the signature side intakes are used to cool the intake air charge.

Supercar Aerodynamics
NSX achieves top-class aerodynamic balance and supercar aerodynamic downforce without the use of active aero. Aerodynamic drag is minimized, even while moving large airflows through NSX as it inhales and exhales. Aerodynamic downforce is created through the total airflow management focus on utilizing airflow through each vent, as NSX exhales, and through more traditional aerodynamic shape optimization.

NSX has undergone extensive testing at the company’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Raymond, Ohio, using ultra-detailed 40-percent-scale models that replicate all of the intake and exhaust vents, heat exchangers and major under-hood components. These highly accurate scale models replicate drag and lift performance with near perfect approximation. It has been verified and put through its paces at the company’s full-scale wind tunnel in Japan, and on real and simulated proving grounds throughout the world.

Total airflow management vents and precision ducting also help create strong, consistent downforce for NSX and were tuned to optimized forms with aerodynamicist and designer input during working wind tunnel sessions.

  • Six vortices flow at the rear of the NSX including those that support creating the highest downforce across the rear deck lid.
  • Flowing from below the car and exiting through meticulously optimized lower, rear diffuser fins is a critical vortex that further anchors NSX to the ground. Uniquely, the fins are not parallel to each other, but are narrower toward the front of the car and wider at the rear. This design creates low pressure and further maximizes downforce.

Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
A new handling paradigm decades in the making

The groundbreaking Sport Hybrid SH-AWD dynamic torque vectoring technology applied to this all-new NSX represents research and development that has been ongoing for well over two decades.

Next-generation torque vectoring
Acura has been continuously refining its advanced torque vectoring technology while in parallel developing new ways of accomplishing the timeless sports car values of lightweight, rigid chassis and potent powerplants. This all-new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD represents a system injected with more electric power, delivered more directly, managing more internal combustion power than any system Acura has engineered to date.

In keeping with the development team’s ‘human-centered supercar’ concept, the new NSX and its Sport Hybrid Super Handling drivetrain were truly engineered from the driver out. While the NSX provides a new sports experience with ‘on rails handling,’ its Super Handling technology was optimized to enhance the driving experience by responding instantaneously and intuitively to the will of the driver.

  • Super Handling is brought to its pinnacle form in NSX where the strengths of electric motors –delivering zero delay acceleration – allows the NSX to offer dynamic torque vectoring even at low vehicle and engine speeds.
  • Super Handling logic has progressed along a parallel path with hardware. While many advanced automotive technologies are focused on feedback, measurements of how the vehicle is reacting, NSX uniquely applies additional technology to focus on accurately responding to driver input through immediate, precise application of torque at each wheel at any moment.
  • Using cutting edge computer-aided engineering (CAE) optimization software, engineers created a double-wishbone, double lower control arm front suspension that decouples the twin-motor unit (TMU) torque from the driver’s experience at the steering wheel, providing timeless sports car steering communication to the driver with a new experience of on rails handling provided by the precise torque vectoring of the TMU.
  • Variable gear ratio steering is applied to further enhance the confident, race-ready driving dynamics of the all-new NSX.

Powertrain

Sport-Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit
Powering the Sport Hybrid Power Unit with Racing Technologies

As announced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the new NSX will utilize an all-new power unit from a clean sheet design. At its heart is an all-new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 engine that is mated to an all-new, Acura-developed 9-speed DCT with an electric motor that applies its torque directly to the crankshaft for higher output with immediate power delivery to the rear wheels.

  • The new engine has a displacement of 3.5-liters and utilizes pinnacle racing technology, applying both direct and port injection to its design.
  • The 75-degree V-angle and dry sump design optimizes engine rigidity and further supports the NSX’s Advanced Sports Package by allowing the engine and components to be lowered in the chassis to the maximum extent, resulting in the lowest center of gravity in its class. This also supports the advanced packaging of other engine components.
  • The engine’s dry sump design also helps maximize vehicle performance in high lateral-G conditions.
  • The rear direct-drive electric motor applies its torque directly to the crankshaft.
  • The 9-speed DCT’s main, counter, secondary and output shaft design maximizes the advanced sports package through a configuration that lowers weight and helps to center the mass nearer the driver.

About NSX
The all-new Acura NSX represents the convergence of timeless sports car values and advanced technology in a pinnacle supercar. Timeless sports car values include classic goals like a rigid and light chassis with the mass placed low and close to the driver. Advanced technologies include those that enhance the driving experience in new ways.

To bring back the legendary NSX the global development team has innovated in the critical, timeless areas of frame and aerodynamics in addition to tirelessly refining its key advanced technology – the state-of-the-art hybrid power unit. The NSX has many innovative components, but the basic recipe is simple: timeless sports car values blended perfectly with advanced technologies that deliver a new sports experience.

[Source: Acura]

Grand Prix of Long Beach Acura Motorsports Race Report

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Apr 20, 2015 – LONG BEACH, Calif

Acura TLX GT RealTime Racing Squad Scores Pair of Top-10s at Long Beach

  • Ryan Eversley scores sixth-place finish
  • Peter Cunningham gains 14 positions, gets season-best ninth-place result
  • First double top-10 finish of 2015 season
  • Everlsey moves into top-five in point standings

RealTime Racing teammates Ryan Eversley and Peter Cunningham took vastly different routes to the front during Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, but in the end both trips resulted in top-10 finishes for the Acura TLX GT drivers.

Eversley started fifth and turned that grid spot into a strong result, running up front all day on his way to a sixth-place finish. Cunningham started 23rd but survived early-race contact and picked his way through field, making up 14 positions to finish ninth.

“It was a top-notch race. I’m very pleased to get out on the other side with a top-10 finish,” Cunningham said. “Hats off to the RealTime guys, the car worked flawlessly throughout. Our No. 42 doesn’t look as pretty as it did at the start, but it should be fine for next weekend [at Barber Motorsports Park].”

Eversley fought off challenges from the McLaren of Kevin Estre and JD Davison’s Nissan to run as high as fourth, where he chased the Bentley of Chris Dyson through the latter half of the race. Duncan Ende’s spin brought out the final caution of the day, and Michael Lewis and Davison got around Eversley on the restart, but his sixth-place finish moved Eversley into the top five in the championship standings after five races.

“It was really frustrating to give up spots on the restarts to cars that we were faster than throughout the race, but that’s the nature of the beast here,” reported Eversley. ” It just wasn’t our day, but I had a lot of fun and it’s been awesome to compete in front of HPD’s home crowd and the 55 engineers that came here for support. All in all, a good weekend.”

Cunningham emerged from early contact that left his Acura TLX GT without a rear deck lid, but the series’ all-time winningest driver kept moving forward. By the time Duncan Ende spun in the hairpin to cause the last of the race’s four caution flags, Cunningham had climbed to 11th. On the last restart with five minutes remaining, Cunningham found a way around two more cars to earn a season-best ninth-place finish.

“Some of it was fair-and-square passing and out-braking other cars into the corner, but some of it was guys spinning off in front of me like ping-pong balls,” Cunningham said of his march to the front.

The team won’t have much time to bask in the afterglow of their promising result, as the Acuras will load up and head across the country for next weekend’s doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama.

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition.  It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda racing activities in Long Beach, including Verizon IndyCar, TUDOR sports car and Acura Pirelli World Challenge efforts, are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV

Race Results Sunday:

Pos Driver Team Car Status
1 Olivier Beretta Ferrari of Ontario Ferrari 458 GT3 25 Laps
2 Chris Dyson Team Bentley Dyson Racing Bentley Continental - 0.999 sec
3 Ryan Dalziel EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 - 1.488
6 Ryan Eversley RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT -3.917
9 Peter Cunningham RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT -9.275

Ryan Eversley (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT, qualified and finished 6th in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race): The car is in one piece, so we go to Barber and hopefully get a better result. The front of the field raced really strong. James Davison and I had a great battle and maybe nudged each other once or twice, but that’s what happens on a street course. I was really impressed with him today—he always left me a lane to race, which is important.

Peter Cunningham (owner/driver, #42 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT; qualified 23rd, finished 9th): Going into the Fountain, Bill Ziegler drove into the back of me at 25mph. That forced me into the guy in front of me, even though I was all the way on the brakes. The hit hurt the aero on the front straightaway, but I was still able to go flat.

[Source: Acura]

2016 Acura RDX On Sale April 16th

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Ready for Liftoff: 2016 Acura RDX Launching with More Performance, Luxury Appointments and Advanced Safety Technology than Ever Before

Apr 15, 2015- TORRANCE, Calif.

In a major commitment to advance what is already one of its most successful models, Acura is launching a more powerful, fuel efficient and luxuriously appointed 2016 RDX luxury SUV at dealerships nationwide tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $35,270 – an increase of just $175 over the 2015 model, despite the additional performance, features and capability.

Coming off an all-time record sales year in 2014, the refreshed 5-passenger RDX now packs an even stronger punch in the compact luxury SUV class for 2016 with a more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, ride and handling refinements, an expanded list of available AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, restyled exterior and interior elements and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including standard Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights. A new line-topping Advance grade ties the improvements and new features together in one comprehensive package.

“The new RDX is another great example of how we are continuing to advance our Acura lineup with a focus on prestige, performance and dynamic proportion,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “With the all-new TLX and upgraded MDX, RDX and ILX all getting a major injection of Acura DNA, we have one of the strongest Acura lineups in a decade.”

The 2016 RDX gets an important performance boost courtesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up to 279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve for more immediate and powerful acceleration response—right where it counts. Variable Cylinder Management™ allows for deactivation of three of the engine’s six cylinders under light engine loads, helping the more powerful 2016 RDX increase its highway EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg, rising to 19/28mpg for AWD models and 20/29mpg for FWD models (city/highway).1 Driving refinement is further enhanced by new active front and rear engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness. Additionally, the RDX’s available all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to further enhance dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

The 2016 RDX also gets key elements of Acura design DNA with restyled front and rear fascia, including the addition of Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design on all models and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. All models also receive new wheel designs.

Inside, the new RDX gets a freshened look with a high-contrast silver and black trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard heated front seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents. The RDX with Technology Package adds a new 8-way adjustable power passenger’s front seat (4-way power in base models), Acura’s intuitive dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio®, blind spot information (BSI), Multi-view Rear Camera with dynamic guidelines and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

A new line-topping Advance Package for the 2016 RDX features unique machined alloy wheels (18″ x 7.5″) with painted gray inserts and adds rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and the full suite of AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Both the Technology and Advance packages can be equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. All RDX models with AcuraWatch™ also get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation prompts (when equipped with navigation).

While offered as standard equipment on the new Advance Package, all RDX models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning, along with the Expanded View driver’s side mirror.

In addition to the available AcuraWatch™ technologies, the 2016 RDX offers enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that further improve frontal collision performance. The 2016 RDX targets top-in-class safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The RDX continues to be produced at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio, plant, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In January, Acura marked the sale of its two-millionth North American-made vehicle in America. Last year, approximately 94 percent of all Acura models sold in America were made in the company’s plants in Ohio and Alabama.

[Source: Acura]

Acura USA March 2015 Sales Report

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

April, 2015

  • Honda Fit continues to post major increases, gaining 58 percent in March on sales of 6,640 units while jumping 73.2 percent for the first quarter of 2015
  • Honda Pilot had another hot winter month, netting 11,937 sales for a 34.2 percent increase
  • Acura posts a month-over-month increase of 12.9 percent on sales of 14,670 vehicles in March

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported March 2015 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 126,293 units, with Honda trucks gaining 0.8 percent on sales of 51,516 units, while overall sales decreased 5.3 percent versus March 2014. The Honda Division sold 111,623 vehicles in March, a decrease of 5.2 percent for the month. The Acura brand posted sales of 14,670 units, down 5.8 percent over the same period last year.

Acura

Acura posted a month over month sales gain as trucks continue to set the pace for the luxury SUV segment. Acura sedans continue to build momentum, led by the TLX and the redesigned, repowered ILX, which is just arriving at dealerships nationwide.

  • Total Acura sales are up 4.5 percent through the first quarter of 2015.
  • TLX notched its third straight month-over-month increase with sales of 3,430 in March.
  • MDX and RDX maintained a solid pace as total sales surpassed 9,400 units, even as significantly enhanced versions of each come to market.

“The continued leadership of the MDX and RDX in the luxury SUV segment demonstrates the positive direction we are taking with our Acura product lineup,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. “As we turn our attention to strengthening our lineup of Acura sedans, we are buoyed by the first Pirelli World Challenge series victory of the Acura TLX GT race car as a sign of good things to come.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for March 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
March March DSR** March March DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 14,670 15,580 -2.1% 39,644 37,948 4.5%
ILX 1,554 1,683 -4.0% 3,505 4,141 -15.4%
RLX/RL 194 387 -47.9% 543 1,178 -53.9%
TL 16 2,004 -99.2% 56 4,852 -98.8%
TLX 3,430 0 0.0% 9,741 0 0.0%
TSX 9 1,119 -99.2% 19 2,923 -99.3%
MDX 5,503 5,793 -1.2% 14,437 14,597 -1.1%
RDX 3,963 4,580 -10.7% 11,342 10,221 11.0%
ZDX 1 14 -92.6 1 36 -97.2
*** ILX Hybrid 4 46 -91.0% 12 115 -89.6%
*** RLX Hybrid 18 0 0.0% 53 0 0.0%
*** TSX Wagon 0 104 -100.0% 1 304 -99.7%
Selling Days 25 26 75 75
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total

[Source: Acura]

Acura ILX Endurance Racer and Acura NSX Coming to New York Auto Show

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura Speeding Toward the Big Apple with NSX Supercar and ILX Endurance Racer

Mar 30, 2015 – NEW YORK

Fresh from its first victory with the Acura TLX GT in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge racing series, Acura will showcase an audacious new ILX endurance race car alongside the new Acura NSX supercar in a display of Acura ultra performance on April 1-12 at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

Developed to compete head-to-head with other high-performance cars in round-the-clock endurance road racing, the ILX endurance racer features a specially modified engine, chassis, suspension and interior, all wrapped in near stock-appearing bodywork.

“Road racing is an excellent proving ground for our performance cars and the size, weight, performance and durability of the Acura ILX make a great basis for a racer with high ambitions,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. “It also demonstrates the maximum-performance mindset inherent to the Acura brand.”

Making its first appearance in New York, the production version of the new NSX twin-turbo hybrid supercar will grace center stage in Acura’s booth, flanked by the recently-revealed 2016 RDX SUV and the reimagined 2016 ILX sport sedan along with the freshened 2016 MDX SUV and updated 2016 RLX luxury sedan. The 2015 TLX, Acura’s hot-selling luxury sport sedan introduced just last summer and already making major inroads in the smoldering mid-luxury segment, rounds out one of the strongest lineups in Acura history. In fact, every one of these quick, luxurious, precision-crafted performance vehicles is either all new or has been notably refreshed within the last eight months.

The ILX endurance racer was developed in-house with the primary goal of outright victory in the 25 Hours of Thunder Hill race. This is no small task, as the ILX team will face the likes of Porsche, BMW, and other strong competitors. Key features of the ILX racer include:

Racing Series NASA Endurance Series
Class ES
Major powertrain modifications
  • HPD engine mounts
  • HPD lightened flywheel and racing clutch
  • Forged pistons and connecting rods
  • Racing cams
  • Low restriction intake & exhaust systems
  • Blueprinted fuel injectors
Major chassis modifications
  • HPD camber plates and rear anti-roll bar
  • Racing suspension kit
  • Racing tires and wheels
Exterior modifications
  • Custom front splitter and rear spoiler
  • Supplemental LED lighting system
  • Low-profile door mirrors
Interior modifications
  • Custom safety cage
  • Racing seats and harnesses
  • Racing steering wheel with quick disconnect
  • Racing gauge package
  • Lightweight battery
  • Fuel cell
  • Air jacks

In another motorsports development, the new NSX has been tapped to be the official pace car for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Fans of the long-running “race to the clouds” will be among the first to see the next-generation NSX on the road as it streaks up the storied hill to check the course during the June 28 event in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Acura NSX Supercar

Riding a wave of approval and anticipation from its North American International Auto Show debut in January, the production version of the next-generation Acura NSX mid-engine supercar will anchor Acura’s New York Auto Show presence. Sporting a bespoke dry-sump, twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, plus a three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) system, the NSX delivers a scintillating “New Sports Experience,” with output exceeding 550 horsepower, coupled with the instant torque of three-motor electric drive delivering zero-delay acceleration and intuitive SH-AWD driving dynamics.

2016 ILX Sport Sedan

Fresh from its official launch in February, the redesigned 2016 ILX sport sedan also joins this performance-focused pair. It brings the super-responsive direct-injected 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (8DCT) with torque converter from the TLX to the party, along with chassis, safety, refinement and design improvements to sharpen its mission. New available features, including the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, further enhance the ILX for 2016.

2016 RDX SUV

Introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February, the Acura RDX SUV has also received numerous improvements for 2016. The new RDX delivers forceful new front and rear body styling and several interior design updates, plus a new V6 engine with enhanced mid-range torque and body/suspension upgrades to improve ride, handling and noise. Like the new ILX, RDX is available with important new AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies. With sales of the 2015 model already outpacing European rivals, the more responsive and luxurious 2016 RDX is slated to go on sale this spring.

2016 MDX 7-Passenger SUV

America’s best-selling 3-row luxury SUV, the Acura MDX has also received a shot of adrenaline for 2016, gaining a sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission with push-button electronic shift and an even more advanced Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD). The 2016 MDX now offers available AcuraWatch™ features and receives several interior convenience additions designed to make the MDX driving and ownership experience better than ever.

2016 RLX Flagship Sedan

Finally, Acura’s RLX flagship luxury sedan benefits from several important suspension refinements to improve ride comfort, handling and noise, as well as a comprehensive suite of AcuraWatch™ technologies for 2016, including the first U.S. application of Acura’s new Surround View Camera system. Despite the upgrades and enhanced feature content, RLX prices remain unchanged from 2015.

All of the Acura products will be on display at the New York International Auto Show media days April 1-2 in the Jacob Javitz Center, as well as the public days through April 12. Additional information about Acura products plus high-resolution images can be found at www.acuranews.com.

[Source: Acura]

Acura TLX GT Takes First Pirelli World Challenge Victory at St. Petersburg

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Pirelli World Challenge Race Report

Mar 29, 2015 – St. Petersburg, Fla.

Circuit: Streets of St. Petersburg (1.8-mile street course) St. Petersburg, Fla.
Weather: Sunny, mild, 67 degrees F

Acura TLX GT Earns First World Challenge Win on Streets of St. Petersburg

  • Ryan Eversley earns his first Pirelli World Challenge GT Victory
  • Acura’s first World Challenge GT win with All-Wheel Drive TLX
  • Eversley wins pole for Saturday’s race
  • RealTime Racing Claims 86th victory

Ryan Eversley backed up a pole-winning performance in the rain on Friday with a strong performance in Saturday’s sunshine to claim the first Pirelli World Challenge GT class win for the Acura TLX GT program.

Eversley carried the #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT from the top spot on the grid to the top step of podium Saturday, holding off a hard charge from Ryan Dalziel’s Porsche over a fierce mid-race period to win Saturday’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

“To win anywhere is awesome, but to win here in the Pirelli World Challenge Series is awesome and to be able to do it in the factory Acura team is literally a dream come true,” Eversley said. “Racing against factory drivers from so many manufacturers, to compete against those guys is amazing.”

The victory was the first for Eversley in the GT series and the 86th in the long history of RealTime Racing – 85 of which have come in Acura and Honda products. The win is the first in World Challenge GT competition for Acura since Cunningham claimed the 2012 event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Cunningham made up three spots from his grid position to finish 11th in Saturday’s race, and then followed that on Sunday by climbing from 22nd on the grid to place 14th. Eversley started eighth in the second race and ended up seventh.

“We’re pretty happy with the results,” Cunningham said. “We knew that it was going to be a tough track to pass on and there’d be a chance for some weird stuff to happen, but both cars made it through to the other side and moved up from their starting positions.”

The stage was set for Saturday’s win with a strong performance in qualifying, where Eversley fought through the rain to take his first series pole with a time of 1:23.434 – which was more than a half-second ahead of the second-placed McLaren 650S of Kevin Estre.

A four-car crash negated a great start by Eversley in Saturday’s race, forcing him to lead the field behind the Pace Car for the first 10 laps. Eversley was up to the task on the Lap 11 restart and kept the lead ahead of constant pressure from Dalziel, fending off numerous passing attempts through the next 10 laps. The race was sealed on Lap 21 when a crash necessitated a lengthy yellow flag and caused the race to being completed under caution.

The series will resume April 17-19, when the Pirelli World Challenge runs a doubleheader weekend as part of the Grand Prix of Long Beach event on the street course in Long Beach, California.

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition.  It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system.

Video News Releases from this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge events at  St. Petersburg are being posted on a specially created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2015. The video packages can be found at https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Race Results Saturday:

Ps Class Driver Team Car Status
 1 GT Ryan Eversley RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT 26 Laps
 2 GT Ryan Dalziel EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3R Under Caution
 3 GT Mike Skeen CRP Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra
 4 GT Johnny O’Connell Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-VR GT3R
5 GT Kevin Estre K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3
11 GT Peter Cunningham RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT

Quotes

Ryan Eversley (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT, started and finished first Saturday, started 8th, finished seventh in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race): I can’t really believe how well the weekend went. To come home with a top seven and a win gets us some good points and good data for the guys to look over. PD [Cunningham] had a solid result today, as well. Great results for both cars, and we’re really looking forward to Long Beach.  

Peter Cunningham (owner/driver, #42 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT; started 14th, finished 11th on Saturday, started 22nd, finished 14th on Sunday): “The cars are working really well. They’re not exactly where we need them to be, but we continue to work hard and are very pleased with where we are in this amazing group of cars. We’re pretty happy with the results.”

Lee Niffenegger (Team Leader, Acura Motorsports): “It’s really difficult to pass on this street course and Ryan [Eversley] did everything he needed to do to keep [Ryan] Dalziel behind him. Dalziel was trying a bunch of different things and couldn’t find a way by. We’ve been working with the car, making it better every session, and the guys did a great job during the race.”

[Source: Acura]

Ryan Eversley Earns Top-Five Result For Acura TLX GT Team in Austin

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Circuit of the Americas Pirelli World Challenge Race Report

Mar 8, 2015 – Austin, TX

Circuit: Circuit of the Americas (3.4-mile road course) Austin, TX
Weather: Cloudy, rain, 52 degrees F

Ryan Eversley Earns Top-Five Result For Acura TLX GT Team in Austin

  • All-Wheel Drive Acura storms from 25th on the grid to finish fifth on Sunday
  • Eversley earns Optima Batteries Best Start Award in both races
  • Contact ends weekend early for Peter Cunningham’s Acura TLX GT

Racers regard rain as the great equalizer, but many of the drivers that make up the Pirelli World Challenge field may tend to disagree after the second round of the 2015 season.

Day-long rains soaked the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track for Sunday’s event and Ryan Eversley took full advantage, using the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive of the RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT to make up a remarkable 20 spots over only 18 laps, on his way to a fifth-place finish.

For the second consecutive day, Eversley earned the Optima Batteries Best Start Award, gaining eight positions on his first trip around the 20-turn road course. He snared four more positions on the next lap before a caution flag slowed his progress. Eversley wasted no time once the green flag flew again on Lap 7, outdragging an Audi R8 and Ferrari 458 off the final turn and down the front stretch to move into the top 10.

The first-year World Challenge driver continued his march, needing just three more laps to move into sixth. He then recovered from a quick spin to pass Madison Snow’s Audi R8 with three laps to go to claim the fifth position, where he would  remain until the checkered flag. Eversley not only earned the Optima Batteries contingency award for his lightning start, but also won the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award for his efforts throughout the race.

“We had the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive Acura TLX GT really hooked up. It was really working well in the corners,” Eversley said. “Our corner exits were so much better because of the handling, we were able to get great runs and pick guys off.”

The run highlighted what, until then, had been a tough weekend for the Acura TLX GT squad, as both cars retired in Saturday’s season opener after contact resulted in suspension failures. RealTime owner/driver Peter Cunningham’s #42 Acura TLX GT was hit after seven laps of Saturday’s race, inflicting enough damage to keep the car out of Sunday’s event. Eversley’s #43 machine made just four more trips around the Texas circuit before his suspension succumbed to in-race contact.

Eversley’s car ended up in 34th place, followed by Cunningham’s machine in 35th. Eversley’s contact negated a promising start that had seen him gain 11 positions on the opening lap.

The series will resume in two weeks when the Pirelli World Challenge runs a doubleheader weekend as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series event on the street course in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition. It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system.

Video News Releases from this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge events at Circuit of the Americas are being posted on a specially created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2015. The video packages can be found at https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Top 6 Race Results:
Ps Class Driver Team Car Status
1. GT Kevin Estre K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 18 Laps
2. GT Ryan Dalziel EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3R -30.344 seconds
3. GT Nicky Catsburg LG Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo -34.773
4. GT Mike Skeen CRP Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra -35.122
5. GT Ryan Eversley RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT -42.414
6. GT Madison Snow GMG Audi R8 LMS Ultra -47.456

Quotes

Ryan Eversley (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT, started 25th, finished fifth in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race): “That was probably the most fun I have ever had in a race car! I was just grinning through my helmet the whole race, because we were able to run right with all the big guns of the series.”

Peter Cunningham (owner/driver, #42 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT): “The team did a great job, not just over this weekend, but for the last 19 months getting prepared to field two Acura TLX GT race cars. To get a fifth-place finish this weekend is incredible and it really feels like a win for us. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but our guys are ready to get it done and we’re really looking forward to St. Pete in two weeks.”

Lee Niffenegger (Team Leader, Acura Motorsports): “I couldn’t be any happier, this finish is more than we could have expected coming into the weekend. With the All-Wheel Drive and the rain, we knew that we had a chance to do pretty well here. Ryan won here (in a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race) by a large margin in the wet conditions last year, and we knew he would give us a good run. The HPD and RealTime teams worked really hard and did a great job. After both cars suffered contact in Saturday’s race, we knew we could only fix one of them overnight, and we worked hard to put a quality race car on the track. Ryan did a great job with it.”

[Source: Acura]